Ravenshoe to Undara: 144 km | 1 h 45 min
Cairns to Undara: 260 km | 3 h 40 min
Croydon to Undara: 300 km | 3 hr 45 min
Undara to Normanton: 530 km | 7 hr
Break up the drive from Atherton Tablelands to Undara Lava Tubes with a soak in some natural hot springs. The hot mineral waters flow up into Nettle Creek, which flows through the town of Innot Hot Springs. The water can reach near boiling point in places so be careful and test the water first before rushing in. The best place to bathe is in the village near the highway. We’ve marked it on our Savannah Way Map below.
If you’d rather a more controlled environment, right next door to the bathing area of Nettle Creek is the Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Health Park. Here, the hot mineral waters flow through six temperature-controlled thermal pools. It’s a caravan park so you can also spend a night here.
Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Health Park. Photo: lateral_movements via IG
Innot Hot Springs. Photo: Lifeohlife via IG
Explore what remains of one of the longest flows of lava in the Undara Volcanic National Park. Caves within this lava tube are fertile pockets where plants and animals thrive. Call in to reception at Undara Experience to see what’s on offer and reserve a tour. You can also camp here the night. We recommend staying two nights so you can spend the whole of the next day exploring the region.
Tour - 2 hours
Departs from Undara Experience reception at 8 am, 10.30 am, 1 pm and 3.30 pm. Walk through the lava tube on walkways.
RATES: $58 adults. $30 kids.
Sunset Wildlife Tour – 2 hours
Departs from reception between 5 pm and 6 pm (check when booking) to watch wildlife at sunset while enjoying champagne and cheese. Afterwards, watch thousands of micro-bats emerge from their cave in search of tiny insects. As the bats track down their prey, Brown Tree Snakes prey on them in this rare display of nature at its most dramatic.
RATES: $60 adults. $30 kids.
Undara Susnet Tour
Undara Lava Tubes Tour. Photo: hkphotographica via IG
Undara Lava Tubes. Photo: phlipvids via IG
Night tour. Photo: DrewHopper via IG
There are a number of hiking trails in the area so pick up a bush walking map from reception and decide which ones you’d like to explore.
Bluff Lookout: Walking to the Bluff for amazing
views of the lava plains and volcanoes at sunset.
1.5 km | 25 minutes return | Easy.
Bluff Circuit: Keep following the Bluff trail and
you’ll pass through forest and skirt a swamp, meeting wildlife as you go.
2.3 km | 40 mins return | Easy
Flat Rock Circle View: Skirts the 100 mile Swamp to Flat Rock – a flat granite rock that has small
water holes on top. Along the swamp are many small pools of water that attract
lots of birds. Circle View is a granite knoll that gives you 360 degree views
across the lava plains to distant volcanic cones.
8.6 km | 2.5 hrs return | Easy
Undara bush walks. Photo: Brad.newton.photography via IG
This walk starts 13 km from the campsite so
you’ll need to drive to the trail head. The walk climbs to the top of a volcano
and circles its rim giving you uninterrupted views of the surrounding lava
plains and volcano cones.
2.5 km | 1.5 hrs | moderate
Kalkani Crater. Photo: jilarapearl via IG
Undara Experience has unpowered campervan sites are scattered
beneath shady trees. Each space has its own campfire. There are also free gas
BBQs. The amenities block is clean and includes hot showers and toilets. There
is a large open restaurant, café, and a saloon car bar set in the old railway
carriages. They also offer Bush Breakfasts. It’s a great area to hang out for a
RATES: $16 per adult. $8.50 per child. $49 family.
Undara Campground. Photo: dragonflyingimage via IG
Undara Experience campground. Photo: pepelp.yt via IG
Kookaburra at Undara. Photo: thedancegoeson via IG
This is part of the Savannah Way road trip across the top end of Australia. See the map below.
For more road trips, see our list of Campervan Road Trips in Australia.
1678 Shute Harbour Rd, Cannon Valley, Queensland 4800 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223